Literature 2Organized by Prof. MSc. Maura Xavier Garcia
A Red, Red Rose (by Robert Burns)Glossary:fair art thou (1.5): beautiful you are (arch)bonnie lass (1.5): pretty young lady (Scottish expression)a´(1.8): allgang (1.8) go (Scottish)sands (1.12): the sand in an hourglass which measures timefare thee weel awhile (1.14): take care of yourself for a short time (archaic)Though it were (1.16): even if I were going.Robert Burns (1759-1796) It was written as a song and incorporates elements from several folk songs of the day.
A Red, Red Rose (by Robert Burns)O My Luve´s like a red, red rose,That´s newly sprung in June;O My Luve´s like the melodieThat´s sweetly played in tune.
A Red, Red Rose (by Robert Burns)As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,So deep in luve am I;And I will luve thee still, my dear,Till a´ the seas gang dry.
A Red, Red Rose (by Robert Burns)Till a´ the seas gang dry, my dear,And the rocks melt wi´ the sun:O I will love thee still, my dear,While the sands o´ life shall run.
A Red, Red Rose (by Robert Burns)And fare thee weel, my only luve,And fare thee weel awhile!And I will come again, my luve,Though it were ten thousand mile.
• One of the most famous • Themes: love, regret love songs associated with Robert Burns, My Luves like a Red, Red Rose was composed prior to 1794 when it appeared in a collection by an Edinburgh composer named • Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns/works/my_luve Urbani. _is_like_a_red_red_rose /
• Part of the songs appeal is its use of powerful, natural imagery to convey a love that is ever-lasting and capable of surviving both distance and time.
Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 • in the village of Alloway, two miles south of • His increasingly radical political views Ayr - Scotland influenced many of the phenomenal • His parents, Willian Burnes[s] and Agnes number of poems, songs and letters Broun, were tenant farmers he continued to pen, including such • The works of Alexander Pope, Henry famous works as For a that and a Mackenzie and Laurence Sterne fired Burnss poetic that. • Handsome Nell, for Nellie Kilpatrick, was his • The hard work a new job entailed, first song. combined with the toil of his earlier • Subjects: nature, drink and women life and dissolute lifestyle began to • He fathered twins with eventual wife Jean take their toll on Burnss health. He Armour died on 21 July 1796 aged just 37 and • lover Mary Campbell (his Highland Mary). was buried with full civil and military • Marys sudden death and the sensational honours on the very day his son success of his first published collection of Maxwell was born. A memorial verse kept him in Scotland. edition of his poems was published • At just 27, Burns had already become famous to raise money for his wife and across the country with poems such as To a Louse, To a Mouse and The Cotters Saturday children. Night. • Ae Fond kiss was also a very successful poem